Pine Cliffs Resort: More Than Just a Golfer’s Paradise

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Pine Cliffs Resort might be known around the world as a top golfing destination, with its gorgeous tees, magnificent cliffside setting and the infamous “Devil’s Parlour”, the par-3 sixth hole that stretches over a 198-meter gorge, making even the most confident golfers tremble. But Pine Cliffs is much more than just another golf course. For families who need some well-deserved relaxation in the sun, Pine Cliffs is a fabulous dream. Five refreshing outdoor pools border the hotels, apartments and townhomes across the resort, and gorgeous cliff-top lawns and gardens with ample sunbeds provide endless opportunities to bask in the sun. Not to mention the stunning beach itself, a private haven with golden sands stretching to the azure waters of the Atlantic.

Less than three hours from Heathrow or Gatwick airports and only a 40-minute drive from Faro airport in Portugal, Pine Cliffs resort is both accessible and kid-friendly. Besides the gorgeous beaches, families can enjoy 5* accommodation, delicious fare from a wide range of top-notch restaurants and bars and plenty of activities for everyone. Young children will love the Porto Pirata children’s club with their own adventure park, and older children and tweens can enjoy endless excitement with the Pine Cliffs Junior Club. Parents will find just as much at their disposal, from relaxing at the rejuvenating spa, breaking a sweat at the health and fitness club, or enjoying any of the myriad sports and leisure activities on the resort, from watersports to golf, tennis and more.


This massive resort is host to a wide variety of 5* accommodation, so every family can find the holiday home that works for them. The resort has a huge, luxury hotel, many private villas, timeshares and apartments with housekeeping and 24-hour room service. Despite its size, the resort’s careful design and use of luxury, hand-crafted decór give it a boutique feel, unlike many resorts that can feel cold, impersonal and corporate. While many families might shy away from such a large resort, particularly with young children in tow, having so many facilities means that there’s always something entertaining to do or see close by, so keeping toddlers and young children happy is a breeze. It also means that whether you wish to travel alone, with your family or with family and friends, there’s accommodation to suit every group size. For those looking for family-sized self catering apartments, consider the Pine Cliffs Residences or the Terraces.


At Pine Cliffs, boredom is not on the menu! Within the resort guests will find several indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gorgeous, golden beach, watersports, a health club, rejuvenating spa and much more. Sports enthusiasts of all levels and abilities can take lessons from the professionals with our golf academy and tennis academy. For children, the jewel in the resort’s crown is the Porto Pirata, a 7,000-square-meter children’s club where fun and excitement never ends. The children’s club features a giant pirate ship, bouncy castles, playgrounds, scooters, mini golf, games, and more. Here parents can drop off their children (between 6 months and 8 years old) off for a half day or full day of treasure hunts, games, finger painting, and much more, and parents can relax knowing their little ones are in good, safe hands. For older children, there’s the Junior Club, where they can enjoy games of paintball, sports, face painting and more.

For older kids and adults alike, the resort offers endless sports and adventure, from football, basketball, tennis, golf, bicycle hire, watersports and the world-famous spa. But many guests simply want to unwind from the stresses of modern life by the pool or on the gorgeous beach, so Pine Cliffs provides ample sunbeds, parasols and towels – not to mention mouth-watering beachside restaurants and refreshing bars – to make every corner of the resort a comfortable one.

Local area

The Algarve is already well-known amongst tourists for its gorgeous location and rich cultural history. It offers some of the world’s most beautiful beaches alongside clear, Mediterranean-like weather. The most popular towns outside the resort are Vilamoura and Albufeira, both of which offer great beaches for families and excellent dining options. For a taste of authentic Portuguese culture, try Carvoeiro, a local fishing village, and for expansive beaches minus the crowd, visit Praia da Rocha near Portimao. The Algarve is extensive enough that while some beaches are overcrowded with tourists, there are also plenty of stretches that are quiet and offer an opportunity to stretch out and relax. Don’t miss the view above the beautiful town of Monchique – here you’ll find the highest point in the Algarve, complete with stunning views of the surrounding countryside stretching out over the Atlantic. Finally, for authentic Portuguese cuisine, sample one or many of the delicious offerings from the street and beach vendors in Loule or Monchique.

Top tips

For those on a budget, rent a self-catering unit and take advantage of the resort’s mini market to stock up on staples. Also consider renting a car from Faro airport – it’s not much more expensive than a round-trip taxi, and it will allow you to easily explore the area beyond the resort, which will make your stay in the Algarve even more interesting and exciting.

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